DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Police are searching for a suspect who stole a package off a porch, and with the holidays approaching, we’re talking with experts on how to keep your deliveries safe.

With the popularity of online shopping since the pandemic, experts said porch pirates are becoming more common.

Surveillance camera footage caught an older man on a bicycle with a trailer taking a package off a porch in the 500 block of East Second Street in Dayton on November 13.

Neighbors 2 NEWS spoke to said it’s not the first time packages and other belongings have been stolen from their street in recent months.

John North, Dayton Better Business Bureau president and CEO, said as more people shop online, there’s more opportunities for porch pirates.

“We know now not just because it’s the holiday shopping season, but also because Americans have gotten used to shopping online,” North said.

North provided some tips for those who are shopping online this holiday season to protect deliveries.

First, track your package and know it’s expected delivery date.

Second, let a neighbor or family member know to keep an eye out if a package will be delivered when you’re not home.

“The longer it’s there, the more opportunity that someone has to steal your package,” North said.

North said you can set up delivery preferences through the carrier to leave a package…

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